- I gathered 5 children between the ages of 5-7 and read them the book while they looked at the pictures, as if it was story time at a local public library. When we had finished I asked them about the story and from the children, I developed my score. The first page was a total stop to the story for a raft of questions - possibly too serious a beginning for young ones.
- This book would likely be better suited to UK readers where the setting of the story is located, and where the frequent use of hyphenated names might be more acceptable. There is a great deal of anthropomorphization of the animal characters, palatable in the Children’s version, which is an Early Reader—not a Picture Book. The illustrations seem poorly reproduced in the printing process. Perhaps others will find them charming in a primitive fashion.
- Picture books are a specific art form, much like poetry. One of the fallacies for many beginning authors (as well as the general public) is that a picture book is easy to write. It IS a good place for a beginning children's writer to start, mostly because the discipline of the genre is wonderful training and the aspects of plot are somewhat less complicated. The writing should ideally be beautiful and terse, and the illustrations should be equally or even more important than the text, as picture books are illustration-driven. Too much telling and not enough showing through illustrations.
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip by Carrie King - 2012 SWBA Runner Up: Childrens
From the Sharp Writ Book Award Judges: